Unbeknownst to them, Dallas Cowboys fans received almost a complete overhaul of offensive talent a year ago. There was of course 4th Overall Pick Ezekiel Elliott who would go on to lead the league in rushing. There was Dak Prescott, now the starting quarterback for America's Team. And there was a
great backup running back option in Darius Jackson project at Tight End in Rico Gathers. Little did we all know though that some of these guys would dominate the gridiron and the hardwood.
Stop me if you've heard this before, but Rico Gathers played basketball in college! ALSO- Rico Gathers is now a Tight End in the NFL. These two things have served as the ingredients for great careers for guys like Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, and Jimmy Graham. While Cowboys Nation is hopeful that Rico will join that list next, it's his football-playing teammate Ezekiel Elliott that literally joined him in his former natural environment.
Cowboys TE Rico Gathers and @EzekielElliott doing some work on the court Tuesday evening. (h/t @kinggatz2 Instagram) https://t.co/7u1qvwdvdD
In a local pick-up game - we've seen Rico dominate here before - Gathers and Elliott executed the perfect pick and roll. While, as you can see in the video, Zeke gets bumped back a little bit (I gasped the entire time) Gathers finishes strong with a monstrous dunk.
Rico Gathers recently told reporters that the thing people would be most impressed with when they saw him at Training Camp would be his blocking. This leads us all to believe that the next time we see a move similar to this one on the football field that it'll be Rico guiding Ezekiel to the point of scoring.
For now we'll just have to live with highlights of Dallas Cowboys picking, rolling, dunking, and being generally awesome in everything that they do. These days I'd say that's pretty normal for the dudes that wear Stars on their helmets.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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